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My dog 2 1/2 female chihuahua has just leant to walk through a pet door but only when I lift the door open or the door is lifted by the tape. It’s been 3 weeks so I’d like to take a next step and I want her to open the door herself.
She’s not food/toy motivated so I don’t know how to train her from here.

One day, I left home for 3 hours without her. I got home found her outside soaking wet shaking. (It’s winter here and was pouring rain!) I checked a home security camera and saw she ran outside to look for me as soon as I left. Then she didn’t know how to get back in so she was by the pet door looking inside from there for the whole time I was out.
I tried it 2 days later and left her home alone n spied on her through the camera - she got out through her door but just doesn't go back in. She looked she was scared n didn’t know what to do.
So yes she knows how to get outside but doesn’t know how to get back inside.
Now, every time she needs/wants to go outside, I still open her door. (She goes out through her door by herself only when she is alone at home) Leave her outside until she comes back to her door and waits for me to open. So I don’t see the point of the pet door.
How do I train her?
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If you have a friend with a dog that uses a doggy door, I have found the quickest way for a dog to learn to use one is by demonstration. Our current dog learned to use the door in minutes because we already had a dog that used it and he just followed her out.
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